In 1979, William and Mary Seavey purchased the historic estate originally founded by the Franco-Swiss Farming Company in 1881. One century after the first vines were planted, Seavey Vineyard was established. Once again, the land would be groomed to grow world- class wines, not to satisfy modern trends, but to honor age-old winemaking traditions. The Seavey Vineyard Wine Library maintains wine from each vintage produced on this land and provides close friends of the winery a chance to taste back through twenty-five years of Cabernet Sauvignon. Some extraordinary wines emerge from these dry-farmed hillside vineyards. The challenge has always been to manage the tannins, and with French consultant Philippe Melka coming in, that has been generally handled well.